Dear Clients, Partners & Friends,
We have reviewed the September 22 Executive Order, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. First, we want to assure you that our training content and consultative efforts to help organizations build cultures of inclusion do not now nor ever promote race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating in any way. To the contrary, through our culture-based approach, we have always committed to helping individuals first recognize and then directly challenge racial and gender stereotypes with great care and consistency.
Nonetheless, we would be remiss to not share our concern and disappointment along with those who view this as an attempt to curtail the courageous conversations that many individuals – from boardrooms to neighborhood streets – have demanded over the past several months. Like you, we’ve seen the tide of global public opinion turn toward more open and honest conversations about race. Through these conversations, we’ve seen remarkable “aha” moments experienced by professionals across all cultures and industries. Most importantly, we’ve seen these conversations spark in both leaders and allies a renewed commitment to helping colleagues of all backgrounds better understand each other and promote opportunities for all people to not just succeed, but thrive.
We’re currently exploring a broader response to this order with other organizations and partners. In the meantime, please know that now more than ever we remain unwavering in our commitment to our original mission of making the world a better place by helping individuals and organizations succeed across all cultures.